by Stephen Lendman
What do you call a nation going all-out to help desperate foreign nationals trapped in war zone hell: heroic and honorable by any standard! Led by a president and other officials valuing human life and welfare!
What do you call one refusing to help its own trapped nationals in a war of aggression it planned and implemented, using proxy killers to do its dirty work: guilty of the supreme high crime against peace! Disdainful of human life and welfare! A ruthless rogue state!
In early April, the State Department said "there are no plans for a US government-coordinated evacuation of US citizens at this time."
On the one hand, Andrei Illarionov of the Koch Brothers’ libertarian Cato Institute says that the first among "the crimes that have been committed or are being committed by the Kremlin — stealing Crimea” can be rectified only by rejecting "Russia’s aggression in Crimea,” which means to replace the current Russian government by "a free democratic state with the rule of law”: i.e., overthrowing it in order to establish that very thing, "a free democratic state with the rule of law.” He says that, "The issue of Crimea’s jurisdiction is within the competence of only one subject of international law — the owner of that territory, namely Ukraine. Only this subject, and no one else, has necessary legal rights to change this territory’s jurisdiction.” And, since Ukraine did not sell Crimea to Russia, Russia “stole” it from Ukraine. He sees the issue of Crimea as being not an issue of people, but of land: the land-area of Crimea, which Russia “stole” from Ukraine — that Russia stole the land and everything in it and under it and on it, including its residents.
by Stephen Lendman
Saudis operate like America and Israel. They say one thing. They do another. They represent pure evil. After Wednesday's announced end to terror-bombing, Saudis resumed it on Thursday. It didn't surprise. Rogue states operate this way. Saudi despotism ranks with the world's worst. State terror is official policy - at home and in international relations.
Riyadh's so-called political solution involves continued terror-war on 25 million Yemenis.
Reports indicate airstrikes targeted Taiz in Yemen's southwest. Fighting continues in other areas - notably in the southern port city of Aden.
A recent article by Jorge Elbaum, the former executive director of DAIA (Delegation for Argentine Jewish Associations), the principle Argentine Jewish umbrella groups, published in the Buenos Aires daily Pagina 12, provides a detailed account of the damaging links between the State of Israel, US Wall Street speculators and local Argentine Zionists in government and out. Elbaum describes how their efforts have been specifically directed toward destabilizing the incumbent center-left government of President Cristina Fernandez, while securing exorbitant profits for a Zionist Wall Street speculator, Paul Singer of Elliott Management as well as undermining a joint Iranian-Argentine investigation of the 1994 terrorist bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.
Elbaum’s article was written in response to the death of Alberto Nisman, a Zionist zealot and chief government prosecutor in the terrorist bombing investigation for over 20 years.
by Stephen Lendman
Palestinians never had a peace partner in Israel, America or other Western countries - less than ever now with fascist US and Israeli lunatics running things.
They're all take and no give. They don't negotiate. They demand.
They reject peace. They want unconditional Palestinian surrender.
They want endless wars and instability. They blame victims for their high crimes. Netanyahu said he'll never allow a Palestinian state - except perhaps a rump, isolated meaningless one on worthless scrubland surrounded by belligerent Israeli forces.
by Ellen Brown
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government. — Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution
A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people . . . .”
On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.
The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are correct: it is not at all progressive. It is instead to transfer political power away from the public in a democracy, and for that power to go instead to the international aristocracy (i.e., to go as far away from any national democracy as is even possible to go). This is to be done by switching the most fundamental thing of all: the global power-base itself. Instead of that power-base being democratic votes of the national publics, who elect their political representatives who determine the laws and regulations, that national democratic political system becomes instead the exact opposite: the global aristocratic stockholder votes of the international aristocracy who elect the corporate directors of international companies, who will, in their turn, then be selecting the members to the international-trade-panels which, in TPP and TTIP, will, in their turn, be determining the rules and enforcements regarding especially workers’ rights, product-safety, and the environment.
First of all, in terms of popularity worldwide, the U.S. is a mixed picture. A Gallup International poll of 65 countries, issued on 30 December 2013, found that:
“The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.”
(Some of the reasons why America is considered, by people throughout the world, to be the biggest threat to peace, will be documented below.)
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, things in Yemen changed but stayed the same. Saudi rhetoric belies its policy.
It announced Operation Restoring Hope replacing Decisive Storm. US-planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror bombing offered Yemenis none. Nor does continued US-ordered war.
Washington's policy remains hardline. It's unchanged. It includes:
by Stephen Lendman
Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region's poorest country.
Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.
Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.
Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.
Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.
Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.
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